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violence in america. hadiya pendleton, 15 years old, a majorette in her high school band, gunned down in chicago, days after taking part in the inauguration festivities. well today, a new image of the young woman emerged. and a mayor says she's taking he's taking action. abc's alex perez with that. >> reporter: it's been more than a decade since chicago has had a january this bloody. 42 murders so far this month, including 15-year-old hadiya pendleton, that standout student who performed at the president's inauguration festivities. today, we learned she made this anti-gang video when she was just in sixth grade. >> your job to say no to gangs and yes to a great future. >> reporter: but hadiya's own future, cut short, when she was caught in gang cross fire tuesday. this city's mayor, rahm emanuel, announcing today 200 chicago police officers from the city's stretched thin force will move from behind the desk to the streets to target high crime areas. >> we need to work together to protect our greatest resource. the children of the city of chicago. >> reporter: pendleton was with her fr
what you were going to say, john, so forgive me, but the parents ofh -- of hadiya pendleton who had performed at the president's inauguration and then her life was taken randomly in a park where she was playing with her friends. >> reporter: that's exactly right. i think that's the challenge that we're confronting here. he is meeting now behind closed doors in a private meeting. they aren't allowing any still photographers or even a spray of this meeting. he's meeting with 16 students at this school, hyde park academy, 16 students who take part in an anti-violence program, who talk about mentoring, who talk about helping youth at risk. these are students who have -- some are in this by choice, some have been urged to join this group by school leaders, school teachers and administrators. the school described this conversation as a heart-to-heart talk between the president, who does know these streets, knows this area. his home is only two miles away from this high school. to talk to these young men about what it's like to grow up in an environment like this, in a tough neighborhood,
violence. in the crowd was mother of hadiya pendleton, the 15-year-old honor student who was shot and killed just a week after attending the inauguration. >> fortunately, what happened to hadiya is not unique. too many of our children are being taken away from us. two months ago, america mourned 26 innocent first graders and their educators in newtown. the overwhether he will ming majority of americans are asking for some common sense proposals to make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. these proposals deserve a vote in congress. they deserve a vote. >> they deserve a vote. these victims of violence deserve courage from our leaders. this morning, at the white house, the president got emotional. wiping away a tear while announcing medals for the teachers and educators at sandyhook elementary who died trying to protect their kids. >> they had no idea that evil was about to strike. they could have taken shelter by themselves, but they didn't. they gave their lives to protect the precious children in their care. they gave all they had for the most innocent and helple
before a judge today facing murder charges. police say they killed hadiya pendleton on a playground, days after she performed at president obama's inauguration parade. she was shot a mile north of the obamas' home in chicago. ted rowland joins us from the courthouse. ted, first of all, what do we know about these guys and how were they caught? >> well, suzanne, we just left the bond area here, michael ward, 18-year-old michael ward and 20-year-old kenneth williams. in the hearing we learned more about the case against them. first off, the judge did not release them on bond. they are on no bond situation. so they will be in custody until their next court appearance. but what we're learning from prosecutors in front of this prosecutor, laid out the case, they say that ward, the 18-year-old, confessed on videotape to them with specifics about circling this park where she and her friends were after school, after they finished their final exams and believing that one of the rival gang members, to their gang, was in this group. he said, according to police, and according to prosecutors, he got
the newtown tragedy to the hadiya pendleton shooti shooting, the 15-year-old girl shot in chicago, the president has made this very personal. at this point politically. what type of legislation can he realistically get through congress? >> well at this point not too much has changed on the hill since this issue began being raised at the beginning of this congress. right now universal background checks remain the one part of that whole agenda that really seems like the most politically feasible. what i found really interesting in what the president talked about on friday, though, he did bring that gun control message to chicago, a place where he obviously has a long history. >> yes. >> and has lived for many years. when he was talking about that, he brought the issue of newtown into it saying the number of gun deaths you'll have in the city of chicago would equal four newtowns a year and linked it to his personal experience of a son as a single mother, it's not just about gun violence in these communities, it's really about the issues of family. it's something that i think you saw
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